Leinster ‘A’ head coach Noel McNamara has named his team to face Doncaster Knights in the first game of this season’s British & Irish Cup campaign.

Ed Byrne will captain the side with his brother Bryan also named in the front row, with Vakh Abdaladze at tighthead.

Mick Kearney and Josh Murphy form the second row partnership, with Peadar Timmins, Will Connors and Max Deegan named in the back row.

Year one Academy recruit Hugh O’Sullivan is named at scrum-half with former Blackrock College man Conor Dean starting at out-half.

Jordan Larmour, who has featured for the senior squad in the Guinness PRO14 this season and scored one try, starts at full-back, with Hugo Keenan and Ian Fitzpatrick occupying the two wings.

Ciarán Frawley and Jimmy O’Brien are paired in midfield to complete the Leinster ‘A’ back line.

There is significant experience on the bench in the shape of Richardt Strauss, with Peter Dooley, Jeremy Loughman and Nick McCarthy also included.

Read our British & Irish Cup preview.

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Leinster ‘A’

15. Jordan Larmour
14. Hugo Keenan
13. Jimmy O’Brien
12. Ciarán Frawley
11. Ian Fitzpatrick
10. Conor Dean
9. Hugh O’Sullivan
1. Ed Byrne CAPTAIN
2. Bryan Byrne
3. Vakh Abdaladze
4. Mick Kearney
5. Josh Murphy
6. Peadar Timmins
7. Will Connors
8. Max Deegan

16. Richardt Strauss
17. Peter Dooley
18. Jeremy Loughman
19. Oisín Dowling
20. Nick McCarthy
21. Harry Byrne
22. Michael Silvester